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Your classmates will become friends

Crossfit classes are a great way to make new friends, cheer on and be cheered on by your fellow athletes.

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Crossfit is fairly expensive when you compare it to a regular gym membership.

The value of what you're paying for can be worth it when you look at the type of attention you're getting from your coaches.

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Most Crossfitters are women

According to numbers from The American Council on Exercise, over 60% of the Crossfit population is comprised of women.

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Crossfit might as well have its own dictionary. 

  • Box: Crossfit gyms are called "boxes."
  • WOD: Stands for Workout Of the Day. This changes daily and is typically posted on a white board before class or on the Box's website.
  • AMRAP: As many rounds as possible in an allotted time that is given by the coach.
  • Various names of people you don't know: There are several benchmark WODs in Crossfit that are named after women (Helen, Fran, and Mary, for example).

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Crossfit is hardcore

Anyone can do it, but not everyone should do it.

The heart-pounding workouts, sense of community, and amazing results are what keep people coming back for more, but you can't truly know if it's right for you until you give it a go and see for yourself.

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A coach can make or break your experience.

Read their reviews, ask friends for referrals and see if you can try a class or two before you join to make sure it's a good fit.

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As long as you're in good hands and have a good coach, the risk is minimal. 

A good coach will know how quickly you should be progressing and will pay attention to your form to make sure you're moving properly.

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CrossFit definition

It's a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness through varied and challenging workouts.

Each day, the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything.

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Crossfit

Crossfit’s workouts can include powerlifting; gymnastics and calisthenic type activities like ring pull-ups and rope climbing; and often cardio in the form of running, cycling, or rowing. You can also expect stretches, push-ups, and a lot of other stuff.

A class will be centered around a WOD, or workout of the day. You will do a small subset of the above, and the goal could be improving your deadlift, or maybe a metabolic conditioning workout.

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HIIT: high-intensity interval training

HIIT workouts generally combine short bursts of intense heart-pounding exercise (during which a person’s heart rate reaches at least 80 percent of its maximum capacity, usually for 1 to 5 minutes) with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.

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